Sports

Thu
24
Sep

"Vidor uses ground-only game to give Bay City its 1st loss" By Simon Desoto Special to the Sentinel

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior runningback Davieyon Curtis (7) works his way through the middle of the Vidor defense for a gain.

    The Vidor Pirates came into Memorial Stadium and ran their way to a 28-21 win over the Blackcats Friday night, Sept. 18.
   Vidor ran for 382 yards on the evening and never threw a pass. The Pirates were led by quarterback Quentin Root, who led all rushers with 178 yards on 25 carries. 
   He scored all 4 of the Pirate touchdowns. 
   The Blackcats started the night with a good 7-play drive, capped off with a 4-yard touchdown run by Davieyon Curtis. 
   Declan O’Neal hit the extra point putting the Cats up 7-0. 
   On the Pirates first possession of the evening, quarterback, Root ran off the right side of his offensive line and then cut back across the field and headed up the left sideline, outrunning the Blackcats to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown run for the Pirates. 
   They tied the game at seven with 8:57 left in the first quarter. 

Thu
17
Sep

"Sneary to focus aquatics center talks on ‘how to do this thing’" by: Mike Reddell

   Wellness Matagorda guided representatives of BCISD, MRMC and Matagorda County through the feasibility study for the proposed aquatics Center project last week.
   The feasibility study putting the design, building, and financing components together in a request for Qualifications (RFQ), WM co-chairman Loy Sneary told those attending the project preview at Schulman’s MBG Wednesday, Sept. 9.
   The gathering from the three entities last week followed a presentation in August for City Council and Bay City Community Development Corporation.
   “We saved all of our time in getting one price,” City Councilman Bill Cornman told the group.
   “That’s the price contractors have to live with, unless there is a change order,” Cornman added.
   “We’ve got that amount tonight. This is a much more streamlined way to do a public project,” he said.
   The project’s total estimate is about $17 million.

Thu
17
Sep

"Bay City hangs to win 3rd straight from high-flying Wharton" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior runningback Davieyon Curtis (7) eyes a Wharton defender as he picks up ground around end. Curtis was Bay City’s leading rusher with 123 yards.

   Bay City Blackcats had trouble pulling free of Wharton – and shaking off 121 penalty yards - but prevailed in a 42-31 victory over the Tigers there Friday night, Sept. 11.   
   “It was a great game for the fans but hard on the coaches and players but I tip my hat to Wharton,” said Head Coach Robert Jones.   
   Bay City had 450 total yards of offense to the Tigers’ 490 and 16 first downs to Wharton’s 20 first downs.  
   Bay City’s offensive stats included 218 yards rushing and 232 yards in the air.  
   “Those guys keep fighting back, but I’m still happy for the coaches and kids to be setting at 3-0.    
   “Our pass coverage was not on point,” Jones said of Wharton’s 19 of 34 for 341 aerial yards and five touchdowns – including one 80-yard scoring throw.   
   “We had our eyes in the backfield and we will get that fixed this week in practice,” the coach added.    

Thu
17
Sep

"Cobras comeback dooms Leopards" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Photo by Anna Hernandez
Leopard Hayden Pena (7) gains ground wide against Industrial Friday.

   VAN VLECK – The Van Vleck Leopards and Industrial Cobra football game looked more like a track meet, as both team’s offenses wore out the grass at Burl McKinney Stadium last Friday night. 
   With both teams trading leads, it was the Cobras coming out on top 60-52 when the time expired.
   Van Vleck started off much better than they did a week ago, taking the opening drive and scoring their first touchdown of the night. 
   The Leopards started from their own 33-yard line and went quickly down the field. Running back Sam Bree got the first three carries down to the Cobra 49-yard line, and then a quick strike from Payton Brown to Slade Huerta set Van Vleck up at the Industrial 6-yard line. 
   Bree took it in one play later, and with a Hayden Pena extra point, the Leopards were up 7-0.

Thu
17
Sep

Tidehaven kicks off game with 9/11 observance

Photo by Anna Hernandez
Tidehaven choirs performed a pre-game ceremony prior to the Tidehaven-Palacios game last Friday, Sept. 11, to honor first responders from Midfield and Markham, and sang the National Anthem.

Thu
10
Sep

"Bay City opens new Memorial Stadium with 41-11 win over Edna" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior quarterback Avery Smith (25) tries to work around Edna’s front defenders.

   Bay City got its passing game going to complement its potent running attack in an offensive effort that produced 496 total yards and a lopsided 41-11 score against Edna last Friday.
   This week the Blackcats turn their attention to longtime rival Wharton who Bay City Head Coach Robert Jones said is capable of dealing out problems despite the Tigers (4A-2) two-loss season start.  
   “Edna was determined to stop the run so that’s what opened up the passing game and we preach to the offense every week we are going to take what the defense gives us,” Jones said of the matchup that showcased the opening of the new Memorial Stadium.
   Whatever the Cowboys had intended, Bay City’s rushing game rolled up 324 yards – with 232 running yards and a touchdown generated by senior quarterback Avery Smith – and 172 yards passing.
   Smith was 7 of 13 for 134 yards passing, with three aerial TDs. 

Thu
10
Sep

"Lucio: Tigers need to build on wins" by: Mike Reddell

Contributed photo
Tiger quarterback Logan Crow (11) prepares to block after handing off to running back Kylan Sardinea against Ganado.

   Tidehaven Head Coach said his Tigers need to build on their 2-0 start this week when they face district foe and cross-Matagorda County opponent Palacios this Friday.
   “It was a great win against Ganado, one I felt we did just about everything to give it away,” Lucio said about the Tigers 28-21 victory over Ganado last Friday. 
   “Our offense has not played horrible, but we can be a lot better then what we’ve shown,” Lucio remarked.  
   “We still make too many mistakes, and have not proven to overcome most of them.  
   “I’d say one thing that I liked about our offense was when it was crunch time everybody seemed to play up to their abilities,” he said.  
   “The last drive had multiple kids making plays for us.  
   “Our defense had a great night also.”  
   Lucio noted that Ganado has a good offense, and to hold them to the amount of yards and points they did is a huge accomplishment.  

Thu
10
Sep

"Bulldogs take bite out of Leopards" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Photo by Anna Hernandez
Standout Van Vleck running back Sam Bree (2) picks up yardage against Boling last Friday night.

   VAN VLECK – The Van Vleck Leopards were looking to celebrate Parent’s Night in a good way, but the Boling Bulldogs had other things in mind. 
   Boling ripped off 35 first-half points and then stopped a Van Vleck second-half comeback in a 35-20 win.
   Things started rough for the Leopards, with a miscue leading to the first Boling touchdown. After a quick three and out, Leopard punter Hayden Pena was forced to punt from his own end zone. The snap went over Pena’s head and was recovered by Cody Schindler in the end zone for a touchdown. 
   The extra point by Jaxson Urbanek was good, and the Bulldogs were up quickly at 7-0 with 10:32 left in the first quarter.
   Boling increased their lead later in the first period. After taking over at the Van Vleck 40-yard line, the Bulldogs quickly moved down the field with four different running backs getting carries. The drive ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by Blaise Hubenak to push the Boling lead to 14-0.

Thu
03
Sep

"Matagorda Harbor sets new record for summer" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda Harbor had a record-breaking summer, a fishing and pleasure boat builder plans to expand in Palacios and a planned propane pipeline is causing property owner concern near Midfield.
   Those topics and more were discussed at the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) teleconference meeting Friday, Aug. 28.
   Port of Bay City Authority Commissioner Joey Sliva told the board about the harbor’s busy summer. The harbor is part of the Port of Bay City Authority.
   In other port developments, Sliva said the Air Liquide plant is under way at the port near the OQ Chemicals (old Oxea) campus toward a mid-2021 completion.
   In addition, the Jetty Walkway at Matagorda Beach remains in the discussion phase, Sliva remarked, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the walkway repairs.

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Thu
03
Sep

"Blackcats launch 2020 season with big win over Sweeny" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior quarterback Avery Smith sheds tacklers and looks down field.

   Bay City Blackcats made a strong start to the 2020 football season by a hard-played 20-15 victory over the Sweeny Bulldogs there last Friday night.
   The Sweeny game was the inaugural appearance of the Blackcats under former Blackcat and present Bay City Head Coach Robert Jones.
   And this Friday night, Sept. 4, the team will launch the new Memorial Stadium.
   Judging by Bay City’s impressive turnout at Sweeny, Friday ought to be exciting with a team opening with a win.
   “It was great to get the first one for the kids and the community,” Jones said in an interview Monday.
   “You could feel the excitement and hear the joy as those final seconds ticked off the clock,” the coach said, describing Sweeny’s last seconds in launching a long pass that fell incomplete.
   The jubilant Blackcats rushed to greet each other and the coaches following the play. 
   After a winless 2019 campaign, the players’ exuberance was understandable.

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